Woman fatally stabbed in CBD attack identified
THE woman who police believe was Mert Ney's first victim - found dead with her throat slashed in a CBD apartment - has been named as Michaela Dunn.
It's believed the 24-year-old was a sex worker who was carrying out her business at her unit on the fourth floor of a building on Clarence Street.
Ms Dunn's body was discovered about 3.15pm yesterday after Ney was pinned to the ground by members of the public and arrested by police.
It is alleged she was killed by Ney, who then ran out into the street and attacked another woman at random, stabbing her in the back.
Homicide detectives are trawling through the young sex worker's phone records and that of Ney, 20, as they work to establish the exact nature of the relationship between the pair.
It appears the victim used a website, Locanto, listing her name in personal advertisements to find business under the section "men seeking women".
Police have now formed Strike Force Lalchere to investigate the attacks. The strike force will comprise detectives and officers from the Homicide Squad and Central Metropolitan Region, with assistance from the Terrorism Investigation Squad.
The unit where the woman was found is one of 40 boutique-style apartments, in a historic building, which cost about $700 a week to rent.
"What is known is the victim was a sex worker operating out of a unit on the fourth floor," a police source said.
"How the couple met will all be examined by investigators but it is still very early in the case.''
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the alleged attacker had been visiting the woman's unit for business purposes.
"It appears he (Ney) was there for a business purpose," Commissioner Fuller said.
The other victim of Ney's rampage yesterday was a 41-year-old woman who was randomly attacked as she walked down Clarence St about 2.36pm.
"The lady will be interviewed when she is feeling better although there appears to be no link to either the deceased or the accused," the police source said.
It is believed the woman is an office worker who was walking outside Hotel CBD when she was stabbed.
She was conscious when she was treated by paramedics on the street and did not require surgery when she was admitted to St Vincent's Hospital, where she remained last night in a stable condition, with stab wounds to her back.
Two of her colleagues arrived in police cars last night to offer her support.
It was not clear last night whether she would be able to talk to police today.